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Ripple effect (access required)

Arizona’s matching funds system for publicly financed campaigns may be going down, but it probably won’t go alone.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block Arizona’s Clean Elections system from distributing matching funds is a bad omen for similar systems in other states, and could portend their end if the court rules that matching funds are unconstitutional, according to legal experts and campaign finance reform advocates.

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How matching funds work in Arizona (access required)

Arizona's Clean Elections system provides an initial disbursement of varying amounts to candidates to choose to run with public financing. The amount of the disbursement depends on whether the candidate is running for a legislative seat, or an executive position such as governor, attorney general, secretary of state, etc.

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Martin vs. everyone

Martin had some choice words for just about everyone who stands between him and the Ninth Floor. Speaking with YS yesterday, he lashed out at Brewer, Mills, Coughlin, Goddard and the state Republican Party. Martin is the last Clean Elections candidate in the governor's race who hasn't collected all his $5 contributions, and he attributed that to his inability to scare the lobbying community with the power of his office. "I'm not the governor, so I can't extort people into giving money to the Yes on 100 campaign to get their bills signed so that they can do campaign ads featuring her," said Martin, who further alleged that Coughlin played a bad-cop role in corralling support for Brewer from lobbyists.

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